Secondary School Conference 2022

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Monday 31 January - Thursday 3 February 2022

Changing the narrative – levelling up through literacy

Our secondary school online conference, taking place during National Storytelling Week, explores the broader theme of ‘changing the narrative’ – practice, thinking, perspectives – and how literacy can be a key lever to effect that change and drive equality and social justice.

The conference will bring together a diverse range of voices from authors and researchers, to teachers and professionals from the world of work. It offers both teacher and student events that will provide:

  • memorable experiences to stimulate thinking
  • opportunities to step outside our own experiences
  • a platform to re-set narratives.

The whole-school ticket price of £60 provides access to all events for an unlimited number of teachers and students in your school.

A final timetable of events will be released in January 2022.

Live event recordings will be made available to attendees after the conference.


Events for teachers

Monday 31 January 16.00-17.00

Keynote: Alex Quigley and Sarah Green from the Education Endowment Foundation

Changing practice, thinking and perspectives about literacy in secondary schools

(live event)

Alex Quigley, National Content Manager, and Sarah Green, Literacy Content Specialist, both from the Education Endowment Foundation, will discuss aspects of reading fluency, vocabulary and writing practices, and how they can change our thinking and perspectives about literacy in secondary schools. The session will be strongly rooted in evidence and Education Endowment Foundation guidance, whilst also exploring practical strategies for the classroom.

Tuesday 1 February 15.45-16.30

What’s the story with podcasts?

(live event)

National Literacy Trust Audio Research Manager, Emily Best, will be discussing the findings from our latest research into young people’s podcast listening habits and disciplinary literacy, as well as offering tips on practical approaches to take into the classroom.

Wednesday 2 February 15.45-16.30

New perspectives: Inspiring creative writing

(live event)

Join Man Booker-nominated author, Wyl Menmuir, for a practical workshop in which he will explore methods for inspiring originality in young people’s creative writing. Bring a pen, a notebook and an open mind.

Changing the Narrative: Reading Science for Pleasure

(pre-recorded session to be released on 31.1.22)

Based on their experience of working with teachers and librarians, Dr Ruth Jarman and Dr Joy Alexander will offer suggestions for encouraging pupils aged 11 to 14 years old to engage with science books for pleasure. They will discuss what their research has shown about the benefits of such activities in terms of broadening students’ reading horizons and enriching their encounters with science.

Events for students

Monday 31 January 9.10-9.40

Live author and Manga event

Join Julian Sedgwick and Chie Kutsuwada, author and illustrator of Tsunami Girl for an exciting workshop on this beautiful part- Manga, part-prose novel about 15 year-old Yuki Hara Jones, who gets caught up in the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Make sure to have a pencil and paper to hand for a live drawing session.

Tuesday 1 February 9.10-9.40

Live author event

Authors and educators Jeffrey Boakye and Darren Chetty explore masculinity via their book What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions

Details of further sessions and speakers are to be confirmed, and will be added to this page over the coming weeks.

Questions? Email our secondary Literacy for Learning team.

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